Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas and Mary Barclay, [6 December 1781?]

From Thomas and Mary Barclay

L or AL:5 American Philosophical Society

Auteuil Thursday evening [December 6, 1781?]6

Mr. & Mrs. Barclay present their Compliments to Doctor Franklin and will have the honor to Dine with him to morrow. Mr. Ridley will also have that honor.

Addressed: His Excellency Benjamin Franklin / Esqr. / Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5We do not recognize the handwriting, which may be that of Mrs. Barclay.

6The day preceding the first Friday on which Thomas Barclay and Matthew Ridley (and presumably Mary Barclay) dined with BF. According to Matthew Ridley’s Journal, entry of Dec. 7 (Mass. Hist. Soc.), they met there the “Compte D’Estaing, Compte des deux ponts, Comptesse Forbac, mother of Compte des Ponts, his Comptesse, his Sister, & others.”

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